Republican Richard Mourdock says he'll be 51st vote to repeal 'Obamacare'

Senate candidates makes final pitch

INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly are making their final pitches to voters ahead of Election Day.

Mourdock is telling voters, if elected to the U.S. Senate, he would be the 51st vote to repeal the federal health care overhaul.

   Mourdock and Republican Sen. Dan Coats stopped Monday morning at the First Watch Restaurant in Indianapolis to greet diners and deliver their closing arguments against Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly.

   Mourdock dismissed polling that shows Donnelly taking a lead in the race following Mourdock's comment that a pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended." A Howey/DePauw poll released Friday showed Donnelly taking a sizable lead among women voters after the comment.

   The Mourdock campaign is airing an ad featuring women supporters who attempt to tie Donnelly to controversial policies of national Democratic leaders.

In Fort Wayne, Mourdock shared his message about his vision for the country and state.

"I want to see the way we've done thing in the Indiana Statehouse, see that kind of methodology carried to Washington, where we live within our budgets and make government smaller," Mourdock said.

Meanwhile, Donnelly is spending his final hours on the campaign trail telling voters he would continue the bipartisan tradition of Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in Washington.

Donnelly met Democratic volunteers in Fishers on Monday morning with former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh and Democratic congressional candidate Scott Reske by his side. Donnelly beamed as he took questions from the media.

"A lot of folks came in here trying to buy Indiana's Senate seat, and I think the great thing we've seen is that the people of Indiana have said, 'This Senate seat belongs to us, not these outside groups,'" Donnelly said.

Bayh said he thought the last debate was a game changer.

"The great thing about debates is there are no filters," Bayh said. "You get candidates standing on a stage, you see who they really are, side by side, without intermediaries, without spin, and it can be very clarifying for voters who don't know who to believe based upon the TV ads. That's why I think the debates both nationally and here had a major impact on the race."

Donnelly also stopped by a Hamilton County phone bank, where volunteers were dialing registered voters, and thanked his supporters and told them he's not over confident. 

"Hey, listen, I run every race like I'm 10 points down and 10 days to go, and there's only one day to go," Donnelly said. "We're going to work non-stop."

   The Donnelly campaign's final commercial features his family and a dig at Mourdock. Donnelly claims his children have grown out of their belief that they are always right but that Mourdock hasn't.

Still, some are predicting Libertarian Andrew Horning could draw enough votes to sway the outcome of the hotly contested race.

   Horning might not be as recognizable as Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rupert Boneham of "Survivor" television fame, but the Howey/DePauw poll found Horning garnering 6 percent support in the Senate race.

   That would be about triple the vote share that Horning received as the Libertarian candidate for governor in 2008 and 2000. The Libertarian candidate for Indiana's Senate election two years ago topped 5 percent of the vote, so Horning could follow that trend.

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